Literary Lenses Literature Circles: A Book Club Meeting of the Masterminds

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My students were very intrigued with this material. It allowed them to dig much deeper into their reading than they previously had. Thank you!
I wanted a weekly wrap-up for our book study groups. This was wonderful to just have them rotate roles for each section of reading so they could approach the book from different lenses.
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Turn your students in literary masterminds with Meeting of the Masterminds Literature Circles. For this literature circle activity, student will meet in a book club and role play using a literary lens. They’ll be a critic, (reader) responder, psychologist, historian, philosopher, and linguist.

Meeting of the Masterminds Literature Circles are perfect for you if are looking for...

  • an engaging learner-centered approach to encourage literary analysis
  • an activity to get your students excited about reading and discussion literature
  • a student-led discussion resource to get students to think deeper about a text
  • an effective way to provide reading accountability
  • a fast and easy to way to plan an effective and meaningful novel or drama unit

What is the Meeting of the Masterminds Literature Circles?

You will receive six literature circles roles. Each role includes an individual literary lens analysis task. Then, students meet with other members of their mastermind group. During their literature circle meeting, each student will complete a unique mastermind task that involves presenting, discussing, and engaging with their group members.

What are the highlights of these literature circles?

  • A meeting of the mastermind literature circle can take place for ANY work.
  • It is a perfect activity for a whole class reading selection, or it would work great for group novel studies (each group reads a different book).
  • It can be printed or assigned digitally.
  • The content text is editable, so you can modify it to meet the needs of your students. (Please note: headings and clipart are not editable.)
  • An editable rubric is included that you can use to grade each student in his/her mastermind role. This rubric could also be used by each student for self-assessment and to set the expectation.

Here's how the Meeting of the Masterminds Literature Circles work :

  1. You'll open the editable resource in either PowerPoint or Google Slides.
  2. Then, you'll edit any of the tasks if necessary.
  3. Next, print the tasks or assign the digital resource (included).
  4. Put students in groups of six or less.
  5. Assign a reading section from a novel or play and assign roles to students. Each student in the group will receive a different role.
  6. After reading, students will meet to complete their literature circle.
  7. Optional: Assign the next reading section and give new roles. Keep rotating roles and meeting in circles until you've finished the work.

What your students will love:

  • the collaborative, student-led approach to reading and discussing
  • an equitable way to do group work that provides accountability for each member
  • a new approach to analyzing a text

What you'll love:

  • your students high-level of enthusiasm and engagement with the text
  • a new, exciting approach to class discussions and literary analysis
  • the hours of time you'll save planning and prepping a novel/drama unit

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.


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